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Safety first: Some tips to remember in your home

Safety first: Some tips to remember in your home

Summer is notorious for bringing a host of unexpected emergencies — from blackouts to floods and electrical storms. The problem: nine out of 10 people either panic or freeze during an emergency instead of taking effective action. To boot, the best plan of action is often counter-intuitive. To help you be part of that survival-ready...
Home briefs: Craft fairs, garden club and all about bees

Home briefs: Craft fairs, garden club and all about bees

Home briefs includes craft vendors, a garden club, arts vendor needed, the Snowflake Fair and all about bees. Craft vendors wanted Platt Technical High School seeks craft and food truck vendors for its annual fall festival and car cruise fundraiser, Saturday, Oct. 18, 10-3 p.m. at 600 Orange Avenue, Milford. Vendor fee is $50, spaces...
So, should you keep that pet off your furniture?

So, should you keep that pet off your furniture?

It’s doable, with a routine, boundaries and lots of fun

Pets often make wonderful additions to a household. Parents not only love pets because animals bring smiles to their children’s faces, but also because pets teach kids about responsibility. It’s about balance and choosing what’s right for you and your family. Some pets require more attention than others, so heads of a family should consider...
Real estate: Rejecting that impulse buy? If you like it, buy it

Real estate: Rejecting that impulse buy? If you like it, buy it

I am one of those shoppers who will find something I might like to buy and then hold off actually purchasing for a day or even more. Why? I don’t know. Maybe I just don’t like to impulse buy. Maybe I have to think about it for awhile to be sure it’s a good deal....
Protect yourself from floods with a sump pump

Protect yourself from floods with a sump pump

In 2012, hundreds of miles of coastline along the northeastern United States were battered and decimated due to Super Storm Sandy. Homeowners are still dealing with the consequences of the devastating storm. Sandy illustrated just how destructive water can be. Each year, storms across North America have the potential to flood homes or cause water...
Concrete problems can arise with your real estate

Concrete problems can arise with your real estate

Concrete is a popular structural material among homeowners. One of the more affordable options for patios and other structures, concrete also can be durable and attractive. However, because no material is impervious to damage, concrete will need to be maintained, and certain problems can arise when concrete is not properly installed. Though an excellent material,...
Flower power: Adding more nature to spice up your meals

Flower power: Adding more nature to spice up your meals

As spring unfolds in bursts of peonies, day lilies, and other nascent flowers, the sweet perfume and bright colors of seasonal flora entice the senses. While it is common to appreciate the sight and smell of the warmer season’s blossoms, many will also be indulging in floral tastes. Food enthusiasts, florists, and chefs alike will...
Garden club to screen Disney film focusing on butterflies, bees and more

Garden club to screen Disney film focusing on butterflies, bees and more

The next meeting of the Olde Ripton Garden Club of Shelton will be Monday, Aug. 4, at 10 a.m. at the Plumb Memorial Library, 65 Wooster Street. The public is invited to attend for a $5 donation. Club members will screen the film Wings of Life, a Disney nature film directed by Louie Schwartzberg and...
Safety tips for outdoor meals and entertainment

Safety tips for outdoor meals and entertainment

The warm weather is here, so it’s time to for those backyard barbecue bashes. CSA Group, a certification and testing organization, offers these tips for a safe, seamless summer soiree. Outdoor gas barbecues Before firing up the grill for the first time, carefully inspect burners and burner tubes for blockages due to dirt, grease, insects...
Tips to help you clean up with energy savings

Tips to help you clean up with energy savings

The weather is certainly reminding us daily that it’s summer. The energy experts at Abest Power want to ensure residents are also adapting their home for warm weather to reduce energy consumption and cost. “Most homeowners think about insulation and heating equipment before the cold winter season, but insulation and a system cleaning also helps...
Building My Passive House — Part 4

Building My Passive House — Part 4

This is the fourth entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified Passive House. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers a certification program for highly energy-efficient homes and separate certification programs for home design and building professionals seeking to build them (www.phaus.org for more information). In this column,...
Take those bright fresh flowers and plant them in a container

Take those bright fresh flowers and plant them in a container

As we continue planting and adding to our gardens through the summer, we should take some time to consider containers. It is a good time to start filling those empty pots with lush summer annuals, which often bloom until there is a frost. Containers can provide the focal point on a patio or surrounding an...